Richards stars as Cockles rack up half century of points
PUBLISHED: 13:41 30 October 2018 | UPDATED: 14:50 30 October 2018
Exmouth served up some scintillating rugby to effectively have their home meeting with bottom side Old Patesians ‘won’ before the end of the first quarter of the action and they went on to register a half century of points, winning 50-24.
In the first 18 minutes of the Imperial Ground contest the Cockles scored no fewer than four converted tries to power into a 28-0 lead!
Just two minutes in and Jack Downie crossed. Seven minutes later Dave Bargent charged over and Henry Goldson did similar in the 11th minute.
The early ‘rout’ was completed on 18 minutes when George Meadows crossed and, with the trusty boot of Tom Whelan slotting all four conversions – no mean feat in the blustery conditions – the Cockles had banked the bonus point, leading 28-0.
Old Patesians may well be the current basement dwellers, but they were not lacking in fight and determination and they hit back with a try from scrum half Tom Knight, converted by full back Lee Hathaway. However, any hopes the visiting supporters had of seeing a battling fightback were soon dispelled as Jack Downie crossed for his second try.
Five minutes before the break James Aherne crossed for the visitors, but there was still time left for a catch from a lineout and drive on 15 metres that got the home side in strike range.
From an attack, a yellow card for opposition fly half Matt Dean gave Exmouth a penalty.
They chose to take the scrum, which resulted in number eight Dave Bargent crossing for his second try and the Cockles trooped off at the break with a 38-12 lead.
If the expectant support were waiting on a try fest in the second period they were to be slightly frustrated. Both teams made errors in handling, perhaps a result of the conditions.
To their credit both sides did try to play running rugby. Seventeen minutes in to the second half, second row Mike Richards scored and another Whelan conversion made it 45-12.
The half century of points was duly racked up when Henry Goldson went over to leave the Cockles leading 50-12 when he repeated the trick, running in from half way to collect his second try of the afternoon, 50-12. However, plucky Old Patesians were not finished. Marcus Raymond scored a try to make it 50-17.
With three minutes remaining, Lee Hathaway crossed the home whitewash and a Raymond conversion proved to be the final score of the afternoon.
So, a five point victory for the Cockles who sit third in the table after eight games.
The 1st XV Man of the Match award, as voted by joint match day sponsors Celtic Construction and MLS Dry Wall Ltd, was Mike Richards, who has his player sponsorship looked after by Jon Stone Surveyors Ltd.
This Saturday (November 3) the Cockles head to North Devon for a meeting with head coach Steve Perry’s former club.